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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Sep 3, 2009 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: outlaw lyrics (nod to Skuzzle)

Skuzzlebutt's post today got me thinking about all of the powerful outlaw imagery in the GD repertoire. Not all of these were penned by Hunter or Barlow, but clearly the outlaw theme was one that resonated with the band. No doubt I've missed some....

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Hang me, oh hang me, so I'll be dead and gone
Hang me, oh hang me, so I'll be dead and gone
I wouldn't mind your hanging boys, but you wait in jail so long
Lord, I've been all around this world

Up on the Blue Ridge mountain, there I'll take my stand
Up on the Blue Ridge mountain, there I'll take my stand
A rifle on my shoulder, six-shooter in my hand
Lord, Lord, I've been all around this world
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Daddy made whiskey and he made it well
Cost two dollars and it burned like hell
I cut hick'ry to fire the still
Drink down a bottle and you're ready to kill
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I come in from Memphis
where I learned to talk the jive
When I get back to Memphis
be one less man alive
Good Mornin Mr. Benson
I see you're doin well
If I had me a shotgun
I'd blow you straight to Hell
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"A thousand dollars please," the jewelry man said
Dupree he said, "I'll pay this one off to you in lead"
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I just jumped the watchman
Right outside the fence
Took his ring, four bucks in change
Now ain't that heaven sent?
Hurts my ears to listen, Shannon
Burns my eyes to see
Cut down a man in cold blood, Shannon
Might as well be me
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My brother Esau killed a hunter
Back in 1969
And before the killing was done,
His inheritance was mine.
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Now I don't know but I been told
it's hard to run with the weight of gold
Other hand I heard it said
it's just as hard with the weight of lead
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Why don't we just give Alabama
rope enough to hang himself?
Ain't no call to worry the jury
His kind takes care of itself
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Test me, test me
Why don't you arrest me?
Throw me in the jail house
Until the sun goes down
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As Staggerlee lit a cigarette she shot him in the balls
Blew the smoke off her revolver, had him dragged to city hall
Baio, Baio, see you hang him high
He shot my Billy dead and now he's got to die
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Cold iron shackles and a ball and chain
Listen to the whistle of the evening train
You know you bound to wind up dead
if you don't head back to Tennessee, Jed
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One of them cowboys, he starts to draw,
And I shot him down, Lord he never saw.
Shot me another, oh damn he won't grow old.
In the confusion, my uncle grabbed the gold,
And we high-tailed it down to Mexico.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 4, 2009 4:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: outlaw lyrics (nod to Skuzzle)

CC -

And let's not forget what is quite possibly one of the best, closing verses of any song anywhere.

"...and I left his dead ass there by the side of the road."

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Sep 3, 2009 7:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: outlaw lyrics (nod to Skuzzle)

Thanks for the nod

It wasn't their only source material, of course, but it is interesting that for a bunch of peace-lovin' longhairs, the Dead spend an awful lot of time singing about liquored up mountain men, underhanded card sharks, and cold blooded killers. Hunter in particular seemed like drawing from earlier American song traditions, which in my opinion resulted in an interesting paradox: songs like "Tennessee Jed", "Brown Eyed Women", "Jack Straw", etc, seemed written to sound almost "old-timey" even when they were new,yet there is a certain ageless quality to them.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Sep 3, 2009 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: outlaw lyrics (nod to Skuzzle)

Loser

If I had a gun for every ace that I had drawn
I could arm a town the size of Abilene
Don't you push me baby, 'cause I'm moaning low
And you know I'm only in it for the gold

All that I am asking for is ten gold dollars
And I could pay you back with one good hand
You can look around at the wide world over
But you'll never find another honest man

Last fair deal in the country, sweet Susie
Last fair deal in the town
Put your gold money where your love is baby
Before you let my deal go down

Don't you push me baby, 'cause I'm moaning low
Well I know a little something you won't ever know
Don't you touch hard liquor, just a cup of cold coffee
Gonna get up in the morning and go

Everybody's bragging and drinking that wine
I can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shines
Come to daddy on an inside straight
Well I got no chance of losing this time
Well I got no chance of losing this time



This post was modified by Capt. Cook on 2009-09-04 00:12:36

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Sep 4, 2009 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: outlaw lyrics (nod to Skuzzle)

how did I forget that one? Glad you posted the lyrics... I always thought he was saying "cause I'm all alone" but "cause I'm moaning low" is way more compelling.

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Poster: agl89 Date: Sep 3, 2009 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: outlaw lyrics (nod to Skuzzle)

My fav
Jack Straw from Wichita cut his buddy down, and
Dug for him a shallow grave and laid his body down

Then

My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat,
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor
Just for a moment I stood there in silence,
Shocked by the foul evil dead I had done
Many thoughts ran through my ind as I stood there,
I had but one chance and that was to run

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 4, 2009 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: outlaw lyrics (nod to Skuzzle)

Here are a couple more:

"Got two reasons why I cry each lonely night;
First one's named sweet Ann Marie and she's my heart's delight.
Second one is prison baby, the Sheriffs on my trail
And if he catches up with me I'll spend my life in jail."

Hunter/Garcia/Dawson

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Little Sadie

Went out last night to take a little round,
I met my Little Sadie and I blowed her down.
I run right home and I went to bed,
A forty-four smokeless under my head.

I begin to think what a deed I done,
I grabbed my hat and away'd I'd run.
I made a good run, just a little to slow,
They overtook me in Jericho.

I was standing on the corner a-readin' a bill
And up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville,
Says, 'Young man, is your name Brown?
Remember the night you blowed Sadie down?'

'Oh, yes, Sir, my name is Lee,
I murdered little Sadie in the first degree,
First degree and second degree,
Got any papers, will you read 'em to me?'

Took me downtown and dressed me in black,
They put me on a train and they sent me back,
Had no one for to go my bail,
Crammed me back in the county jail.

Judge and the jury took their stand,
Judge had his papers in his right hand.
Forty-one days, forty-one nights,
Forty-one years to wear the ball and the stripes."

Doc Watson

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-09-04 21:57:01

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 4, 2009 3:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: outlaw lyrics (nod to Skuzzle)

Excellent compilation CCD! Good job.